Designing or renovating a training space?

Be sure not to overlook the most critical perspective… the “end user.”

Ironically, the end-user is rarely fully considered in the design process. And if this is the case, the entire project could be set up for failure before a hammer hits a nail.

The end user’s needs for the space must be best anticipated and deeply imagined. A design professional who specializes in the planning and development of exercise spaces can vividly imagine the use of the products, tools and digital platforms within the environment so as to ensure a tight integration of equipment, other users and additional facility constraints.

Clearly, the plan must begin with the intended purpose of the space. What equipment is needed? Do you need to take noise into consideration? Will you be offering a cardio and functional training space? What types of accessories will be required? How will you store everything? Will the space support future shifts in configurations, growth and usage? Envisioning all of these variables is essential.

In terms of space, the plan must take into account the size of the equipment and the working room required during their utilization. It must also address the total number of people occupying the area at a given time and if and how they interact together. Functional design accounts for adjacencies and usage type of all objects and how they relate to one another. Further, the plan must concern itself with the existing constraints of the space, including elevations, area, lighting, plumbing, electrical, noise and applicable floor covering aspects.

Also, to be fully ruminated is the users experience in terms of guidance. Are there resources available to assist or provide exercise ideas, assistance with form, safety compliance? How will the end user know how to act, interact and what to do in the space? A digital platform such as Aktiv Virtual can offer users a robust workout experience in an otherwise unsupervised area, ensuring that your space is accessible to all.

Combining principles of the anticipated movement and usage patterns, the right equipment and accessories and the best use of space is the skill set of a Functional Fitness Design Specialist. For example, is the equipment safe and appropriate if dropped on the floor? Is it durable enough to be used by many, with no supervision? Products such as Aktiv AQUA answer to these needs.

The Functional Design Specialist is skilled in the art of integrating exercise considerations with the design principles of functional design.

When effective planning and design are incorporated with the end user and operator perspectives in mind, a beautiful synergy emerges that ensures safety, traffic flow, consistency in programming and strong user engagement.